Parada 18 – RH Todd Avenue
Stop 18 has always been the major hub connecting Santurce to the Condado tourist area as well as a center for the most popular movie theaters.
This is where busses and car services from outside of San Juan connected with local busses and trolleys, so it became the most famous intersection in San Juan. You’ll here locals refer to Stop 18 or simply ‘Diez y Ocho’ when giving directions almost every day.
The area around Fernandez Juncos is being developed with large stores like Walmart and Walgreens, but you can still find lots of local shops and interesting restaurants as well.
Ponce de Leon and Calle Condado is the center of gay nightlife in San Juan (as well as several venues at parada 22).
From the Museum of Contemporary Art, you can follow RH Todd past the fast food outlets and under the highway to reach the Condado tourist area near the Quality Inn El Portal Hotel in about 5 minutes. Another 5 minute walk will bring you to Condado beach and the Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino.
How to get to Stop 18:
- Condado – Walk on Condado Avenue (Starts near Walgreens/USB Bank/Marriott) away from the beach. Go under the highway and past the fast food restaurants to Ponce de León Avenue. 10-15 minute walk (no direct bus service).
- Isla Verde – Take the T5 bus in the direction of Old San Juan. When you see the big blue church, pull the cord and get off in front of the Metro Theater. 15-20 minutes.
- Old San Juan – Take the M3 Metrobus or the T5 and get off in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art. 10 minutes.